The initiative, which follows a three month trial in six Local stores, will allow customers to order Argos products and Tu clothing online and collect their purchases closer to where they live or work.
Announcing the launch, Sainsbury’s Group ceo Mike Coupe said: “As customer shopping habits change, people increasingly want flexibility, speed and choice. More customers than ever are ordering online and choosing to collect from a store, which makes their lives easier and frees up their valuable time. Offering the Argos Click & Collect service in Sainsbury’s Local stores makes it even more convenient for our customers to buy our products.”
He added: “Argos’ digital capability is an important differentiator for Sainsbury’s and is key to our future strategy. Over half of all Argos sales originate online and around 80% of customers then opt to collect their purchases from one of our stores, that day or the next.”
Sainsbury’s acquired Argos’ parent Home Retail Group last September. Its plan to open 250 Argos digital stores in Sainsbury’s supermarkets is on track for March 2019, six months ahead of schedule.